2014 UCSF MEPN Applicants - page 2

Hey everyone! Given that applications are due a month from today, I figured it was about time to start a thread. How are everyone's personal statements and applications coming?... Read More

  1. Visit  myelin profile page
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    Unfortunately, it seems that struggles with mental health in particular are (unfairly, in my opinion) stigmatized in personal statements. I think writing about physical health issues, experiences in a hospital, etc., are much more common. Though I would suggest that you should focus your goal statement more on your academic/research/volunteer/professional work (I would argue that those experiences are also "direct life experiences" as well) and how it leads you to want to become a NP, how being a NP achieves your career goals, why UCSF fits you in particular, yadayadayada.
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  3. Visit  MarshaRabbit profile page
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    Thank you very much for your input.

    On the website they only mention the goal statement for the application process, but after starting today the actual app also asks for a personal history statement. I was thinking about removing my personal anecdote from the goal statement, and
    putting it in the personal statement. But from what you're saying, it sounds like I might be well advised to not mention it at all.
    If I were to include it at all (in the personal history statement), I was planning on not going into detail, just a mention that there was strife (family mental health issues, nonspecific, without any emphasis on my own) and psychological professionals corrected it. I have seen you posting on previous UCSF MEPN threads, are you a part of the program?

    Again thank you so much for your advice, It's very helpful. A google search will give us a variety of contradictory advice (surely because different programs are looking for different types of essays), and I haven't been able to find any specific info regarding these statements for UCSF, other than the brief paragraph on their website. I found a couple of UCSF examples, both were quite different. One was personal, the other was purely professional but sounded like BS, although very well written BS ("I aspire to maintain a standard of excellence in patient care..").
  4. Visit  myelin profile page
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    If you have any further questions feel free to PM me. I do think it's a risk to disclose personal mental health problems, but if you frame it correctly it could work out okay. Unfortunately I think it also depends on who reads your statement, which you don't have control over. It's a roll of the dice. Best of luck!
  5. Visit  LoLo206 profile page
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    Hi everyone,

    I will be applying to the FNP program. I'm having the most difficulty with the diversity essay since I'm not sure what they'll be looking for. Also I didn't perform that well on the GRE :/ so hopefully it's not weighed heavily.
  6. Visit  MarshaRabbit profile page
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    I feel you on the GRE. On their website it says it is looked at equally, along with experience, service, and academic performance ( if I remember correctly). I read somewhere on a forum (ie I don't know if it is true) that they put more emphasis on the analytical writing, and less on the quantitative. Here's hoping that's true, because my writing was strong while my math was average.
  7. Visit  MarshaRabbit profile page
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    Does anyone know if common acronyms are acceptable in the goal statement? For instance, my statement is about becoming a Pyschiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Thus far, I have followed the standard format of introducing acronyms first, then using them, as I did in the previous statement.
    Another example, I'm wondering if I should spell out cognitive behavioral therapy, or just use CBT? They will surely already know what CBT is, and any space saved is great because I am a verbose writer.
    Thanks!
  8. Visit  starharvest profile page
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    I feel that a lot of what I want to write about (shadowing and volunteer experiences, for example) for my goal statement could be covered in my personal history statement. Can anyone please shed more light on what we should address in the personal history statement? Is the goal statement supposed to be LESS personal? My statements overlap -- at least, my reasons for WHY I want to go into the specialty I chose. I want to avoid repeating information but I feel like many experiences I've had could work in both statements!!

    MarshaRabbit: To be safe, I would follow the standard format that you described
  9. Visit  michigan_expat profile page
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    Hey everyone!
    Gettin` closer to the deadline! Exciting!

    I`m wondering about the letters of rec. I have five recommenders who know me from work, academics and volunteer settings. None of them are nurses, but all work in public health (which is my field as well). I´m not sure what I should ask them to emphasize. What would be the most important skills or qualities? Any ideas? Kdiem and myelin, since you´re in the program, would you have any advice on this?

    Does anyone know how to check if our documents have been received? Everything should have arrived by now, but I want to check. And I`d rather not call the office, because I´m pretty sure having a bunch of applicants calling to ask about their GRE scores would get pretty old :-)

    As for the two different statements they ask for, my understanding is that the goal statement is more related to your professional goals, and would include why you chose the nursing profession and where you see yourself working in the future. And the personal history is just that- you would talk about how your life experiences drew you to nursing. At least that´s how I understand it! But of course mine have some overlap too :-)
    But I wouldn´t talk about something as personal as mental health. It´s not right for mental health to be stigmatized, but it is. We´ll have to work on that once we´re all kick-ass nurse practitioners :-)

    Thanks guys!
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  10. Visit  MarshaRabbit profile page
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    Lolo: I found an example of someone's personal history statement on this blog (who was admitted):
    The One Year Nurse, a UCSF MEPN student's journey found it very helpful, and have been writing mine in a similar format. I am worried however, that my statement is such a narrative, when other sources say they are simply looking for demographic information. So far, mine reads like a more personalized, more specific goal statement.
    Any thoughts on this? I am bisexual, and the instruction say to talk about any "diversity" you have experienced. I did volunteer at a gay youth shelter when I was an adoclescent, but am having trouble bridging my psychiatric experience to "I'm bi."
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  11. Visit  MarshaRabbit profile page
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    You guys have given us great advice about not discussing personal mental health issues. It's unfortunate, because my family history provides the most natural and strongest bridge to my chosen profession, but you are right: After quite a bit of googling, even Psychology Phd programs consider mention of a history of mental illness a red flag.
    Quote from michigan_expat
    Hey everyone!
    Gettin` closer to the deadline! Exciting!

    I`m wondering about the letters of rec. I have five recommenders who know me from work, academics and volunteer settings. None of them are nurses, but all work in public health (which is my field as well). I´m not sure what I should ask them to emphasize. What would be the most important skills or qualities? Any ideas? Kdiem and myelin, since you´re in the program, would you have any advice on this?

    Does anyone know how to check if our documents have been received? Everything should have arrived by now, but I want to check. And I`d rather not call the office, because I´m pretty sure having a bunch of applicants calling to ask about their GRE scores would get pretty old :-)

    As for the two different statements they ask for, my understanding is that the goal statement is more related to your professional goals, and would include why you chose the nursing profession and where you see yourself working in the future. And the personal history is just that- you would talk about how your life experiences drew you to nursing. At least that´s how I understand it! But of course mine have some overlap too :-)
    But I wouldn´t talk about something as personal as mental health. It´s not right for mental health to be stigmatized, but it is. We´ll have to work on that once we´re all kick-ass nurse practitioners :-)

    Thanks guys!
  12. Visit  MarshaRabbit profile page
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    Oops, I meant to mention: It appears there are statuses in the actual application which disclose the status of your documentation. I'm a little worried, my official GRE scores were released a week ago, and it still says they haven't received my scores.
  13. Visit  MarshaRabbit profile page
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    What do you guys think:

    I'm talking about my volunteer experience in detail in my personal history statement, and have thus far only mentioned professional experience (briefly, to sell a point about holistic care) in my goal statement. However, in my goal statement I emphasize volunteerism as an important goal, but really have run out of room to specify my volunteer experience.
    My goal statement is more about ideas/goals than accomplishments, what about yours?
  14. Visit  MarshaRabbit profile page
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    Anyone interested in exchanging essays?


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